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Jags Bring Joy to NFL; Florida Over Tennessee Close

Sep 20, 2013 -- 10:51am

The Jaguars have done more this season to lift the spirits of fans than any team in the NFL.

Think about it. The Jaguars opened against Kansas City, the other 2-14 team from last year. The Chiefs won in a dominating fashion, giving Chiefs fans a much needed boost. Then the Jaguars traveled to Oakland to play a Raiders team some felt was even worse than the Jaguars. Not so. The Raiders dominated the Jaguars, too. Raider Nation celebrated.

Now we need to circle Dec. 1 on our NFL calendar.  That’s when the Jaguars travel to Cleveland in a game that could decide exactly which NFL teams stinks the most, the Jaguars or the Browns. The No. 1 draft pick may well hang in the balance.

While there are six other winless teams after two weeks, just about everybody agrees the Jaguars and the Browns are the two worse. The Browns seemingly want to be No. 32 badly. This week they traded their top running back for draft pick next year.

Either the Jaguars or Browns fan base is going to be celebrating Dec. 1. Probably fans of the losing team.

A lot can happen, of course, between now and Dec. 1 but I like the odds of the Jags and Browns staying winless until then.

This week you can expect another embarrassing performance by the Jaguars, a 19-½ underdog at Seattle. I actually expect the Jags to cover because Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will shut down his offense in the second half so as not to embarrass his former aide, Gus Bradley, any more than he can help. I’m calling for a 27-10 Seahawks victory.

On the college front, I think Florida defeats Tennessee, but not by the 17 points the Gators are favored by. It’s difficult to imagine the Gators beating anyone by 17 points with their offense. Florida 17, Tennessee 13.

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